Thank you, Mr Speaker, for giving me the opportunity, as it were, to contribute to the Motion on the floor for the approval of an amount of GH¢131,389,023 for the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing.
Mr Speaker, my other Colleague did mention that in terms of the internally generated funds, there was a shortfall in rent collection from the bungalows that some of the public service workers are occupying. Mr Speaker, we know that these bungalows -- the sector Ministry knows the number of these bungalows and the rents are being deducted at source. At the end of the day, therefore,
we expect that based on their projection of GH¢10 million, those moneys would be deducted and sent to the sector Ministry. But what we saw was that only an amount of GH¢4 million of the GH¢10 million was received, and it is based on the amount that the sector Ministry would receive, that a percentage is allocated to the Public Works Department (PWD) for the renovation of these houses.
So, Mr Speaker, we realised that somebody at the sector Ministry is not doing his work well and by so doing, we are depriving the PWD under the sector Ministry of renovating these houses. We realised also that if this situation continues, it would degenerate into a situation where all our bungalows would run down.
I do not know, but it appears that for over a period now, maybe, some of the bungalows, over ten years, they have not been renovated. We would like to know whether all of them are earmarked for demolition. It is a worry to us as a Committee and the sector Minister should make sure that in next year's Budget, we do not find this again.
Mr Speaker, in terms of the provision of adequate and sustainable water supply to the people of Ghana, what we realise is that some of the developmental processes that we are currently undertaking do not actually synchronise with our population growth. Mr Speaker, I will give one example. When you look at the provision under the budget, we are saying that they are going to rehabilitate and expand works for Akim Oda and Akwatia Water Projects to produce 4.18 million gallons a day.
Mr Speaker, we are going to spend this huge sum in rehabilitating and expanding the works, but when you look at our population census for 2010, you would
realise that the Birim Municipality has a population of 144,869 and that of Akwatia has 192,562, both adding up to 337,431. Mr Speaker, all things being equal, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has given the minimum water requirement for every individual -- That statistics was undertaken in 2000 -- o f 20 litres per capita per day for every single individual. The Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, United Kingdom (UK) has given their figure as 135 litres per capita per day for every human being.
Mr Speaker, taking this, we realise that with the total population of 337,431 for Akim Oda and Akwatia, with the minimum requirement -- I would not even take the 135 litres per day; I will take the 20 litres minimum that the WHO has set up, and if you actually interpret it, you would realise that even as of now, that we are undertaking this project, we have a deficit of 2,568,620 litres of water being the deficit for these two communities.
We know that our population is growing at a geometrical rate and if we are going to undertake this project now -- For every project that we are taking, for it to be sustainable, we should look into the future and say ten, fifteen years before we go back and add on. But if we are undertaking this now and even it is not up to the requirement that the people of Akwatia and Akim Oda would need, then where are we getting to?
Mr Speaker, I would want to say that if we are drawing our budget, it must be brought to bear on the population census. It is not for nothing that we undertake censuses, such that whatever develop- ment that we are undertaking, would be sustainable for the future generation.